The formula of happiness and success is just, being actually yourself, in the most vivid possible way you can.— Meryl Streep
The most blissful Meryl Streep quotes that are glad to read
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
Everything that truly makes us happy is quite simple - love, sex and food!
What makes you different or weird, that's your strength.
What makes you different or weird - that's your strength.
I think that you find your own way. You have your own rules. You have your own understanding of yourself, and that's what you're going to count on. In the end, it's what feels right to you. Not what your mother told you. Not what some actress told you. Not what anybody else told you but the still, small voice.
The minute you start caring about what other people think, is the minute you stop being yourself.
It's bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the pediatrician.
Everything we say signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world. It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time.
You have to embrace getting older. Life is precious, and when you've lost a lot of people, you realize each day is a gift.
Pretending is a very valuable life skill.
You can't get spoiled if you do your own ironing.
We need art as much as we need good works.
You need it like food. You need it for inspiration to keep going on the days that your low. We need each other in that way.
You don't have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you.
Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life.
Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too.
People will say to me, ‘You’ve played so many strong women,’ and I’ll say, ‘Have you ever said to a man, “You’ve played so many strong men?”’ No! Because the expectation is [men] are varied. Why can’t we have that expectation about women?
The work itself is the reward, and if I choose challenging work, it'll pay me back with interest. At least I'll be interested, even if nobody else is.
I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities.
The best thing about acting is when you're playing a scene and you actually become your character and lose yourself in that moment. That's when you know you've been succeeded at what you've worked very hard to accomplish in your profession. Those are the truly thrilling moments.
True freedom is understanding that we have a choice in who and what we allow to have power over us.
Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.
I never give any character I play less respect than I give my own life.
Acting is not about being someone different.
It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
The work will stand, no matter what.
All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today, in any scene.
When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, 'Oh no. Come on... Her, again?' You know. But, whatever.
Some people are filled by compassion and a desire to do good, and some simply don't think anything's going to make a difference.
My feeling about fears is, if you voice your fears, they may come true.
I'm superstitious enough to believe that.
If you make the tough decisions, people will hate you today.
But they will thank you for generations.
I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work.
There is some liberation in the freedom of being totally alone and really going for it.
I have always regarded myself as the pillar of my life.
People want what they want. Sometimes you just have to walk in defiance of it and just be yourself.
All an actor has, I think, is their heart, really,.
..that's the place you go for your inspiration. If my heart wasn't filled with them, where would I get stuff? What would I have to express?
I had this sort of idolatry for certain actors who preceded me, people who inspired me, so I'm honored to be that way for young actors.
Having been let out of the barn once, I know I wouldn't be happy if I were home all the time.
Pretending is not just play. Pretending is imagined possibility. Pretending, or acting, is a very valuable life skill and we do it all the time.
I'm curious about other people. That's the essence of my acting. I'm interested in what it would be like to be you.
Everyone is interesting. Everyone has something unexpected to offer and the job of acting is to pull it out of each other.
Acting is my way of investigating human nature and having fun at the same time
There's no road map on how to raise a family: it's always an enormous negotiation.
So it's not a thing that's a struggle.
It's work, but it's not a struggle. It's fun. And she had a very particular way of emphasizing points and making her point, and that had to do with bringing out a word that you didn't normally think was the most important word in the sentence.
Being an actor lets me be a million different things.
Obsession is an attractive thing. People who are really, really interested and good at one thing and smart are attractive, if they're men.
I've thought a lot about the power of empathy.
In my work, it's the current that connects me and my actual pulse to a fictional character in a made up story, it allows me to feel, pretend feelings and sorrows and imagined pain.
The greatest gift given to man by God - is the ability to empathize.
I really worked very hard to bring my voice back because I used to have a good voice, and to try to do my exercises that I remember from Yale and all the things in the olden days, clearing your sinuses and all that.
I couldn't care less about fashion. If I had taken any clothes home, they would have remained in my closet for the rest of their existence.
And it took to "The Devil Wears Prada" to play someone tough, who had to make hard decisions, who was running an organization, and sometimes that takes making tough decisions for a certain kind of man to empathize. That's the word - empathize. Feel the story through her. And that's the first time anybody has ever said that they felt that way.
Everyone tries to look a cookie-cutter kind of way, and actually the people who look different are the ones who get picked up.
I once read that in any good marriage, one partner is the gardener and the other is the garden. We take it in turns to be either.